RBI Assistant Exam 2018: Important Dates, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility Criteria, Application Process, Result

RBI Assistant Exam

India’s central banking institution, RBI or the Reserve Bank of India is the sole controller of the monetary policy of the country. Since its inception in the year 1935, RBI has continued to play a key role in the Development Strategy of the Indian Government. Besides shaping the monetary system of the Indian rupee, the bank from time to time invites applications from the eligible candidates to fill in various high-profile posts. This ultimately gives all the aspirants a golden opportunity to work in the banking sector and that with the topmost company. If you are preparing for RBI assistant exam and have no idea how to start, what to cover and how much to pay, this page will equip you with all the important aspects of exam pattern, eligibility criteria, selection procedure, important dates and frequently asked questions. Gain adequate information about the exam and maximise your winning chances.

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RBI Assistant Exam 2018 Important Dates

The application window opens on 30 January and closes on February 19, 2018. Candidates can make the payment of intimation charges online during the stipulated period, i.e. from January 30 till February 19.

Exam Events

Exam Dates

RBI Assistant 2018 Online Application Starts

30 January 2018

RBI Assistant 2018 Online Application Closes

19 February 2018

RBI Assistant Online Preliminary Test

6 April 2018

RBI Assistant 2018 Prelims Result

19 April 2018

Online Main Exam Call Letter to Download

17 April 2018

RBI Assistant 2018 Main Test

7 May 2018

RBI Assistant Main Result

Yet to be Announced

RBI Assistant Exam Previous Years Solved Papers

RBI Assistant Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

RBI Assistant Exam Pattern:

The Reserve Bank of India selects candidates for posts of Assistant – Special Drive for PwD candidates for its various branches across the country. Selection is done through a country-wide competitive exam in three phases – Preliminary Exam, Main Exam and Language Proficiency Test.

Preliminary Examination:

The preliminary examination will have questions from three major areas – reasoning ability, English language and numerical ability. There will be a total of 100 objective type questions bearing 100 marks.

Name of Test

No. Of Questions

Maximum Marks


Reasoning Ability



60 Min

English Language



Numerical Ability






60 Min

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Main Examination:

The main exam consists of objective type questions. Unlike prelims, it will have 200 questions carrying 200 marks. Here is the classification of questions, marks and duration.

Test Names

No. Of Questions

Maximum Marks


Numerical Ability



30 Min




30 Min

General Awareness



25 Min

Computer Knowledge



20 Min

English Language



30 Min




135 Min

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Language Proficiency Test (LPT):

Candidates selected through Main Exam are required to undergo an LPT. Furthermore, those who are proficient with a local or official language of the state would be given much importance. PwD applicants would be entitled to 10 minutes extra time compared to general candidates.

Test-takers must keep in mind the following points:

  • Download the Information Handout along with the call letter from the official website of the Reserve Bank of India.
  • The main online tests will have questions in two languages – English and Hindi – except the English Language Test.
  • To appear in the Main Exam, an applicant must qualify the Prelims.
  • It is mandatory to pass in each test (objective type) of the online exams.
  • Both Prelims and Mains will have negative marks for every incorrect answer. The deduction will be ¼ (one fourth).
  • If passed, RBI will showcase the Roll No. of the candidates on its website. This is applicable for both the preliminary and main examinations. Along with the list of roll numbers a notice is published on the bank’s website.
  • Moreover, candidates who secure outstanding marks and stand sufficiently high in the merit list with aggregate marks are called for LPT.
  • RBI will select the applicant based on his or her performance in the online main exam, biometric verification and LPT (taken collectively in order of merit).

RBI Assistant Exam Syllabus - Mains:

Syllabus for Numerical Ability: Simplification; Average; Percentage; Time and Work; Time and Distance problems; Area; Volume; Profit and Loss; Simple and Compound Interest; Menstruation; Time and Speed; Missing numbers, Fractions and Ratios; HCF and LCM; Problem on Ages; Data Interpretation.

Syllabus for Reasoning Ability: Coded Inequalities/Mathematical Inequalities; Syllogisms; Coding and Decoding; Seating Arrangement; Blood Relations; Directions and Distances; Ordering and Ranking; Arrangement and Pattern; Double Lineup; Scheduling; Analogy; Statement - Conclusions/Arguments.

Syllabus for the English Language: Reading comprehension; Cloze test; Phrase substitution; Paragraph complete/Sentence correction; Para jumbles; Miscellaneous; Commonly misspelt words; Double blanks in a sentence; Synonyms and antonyms

Syllabus for Computer Knowledge: Generations of the computer; Basic computer fundamentals; Software and Hardware and their functionalities; Networking; Modern day technology; Computer Abbreviations; Internet, LAN, WAN; Security Tools, Virus, Hacker; MS Word, MS Excel, etc.

Syllabus for Computer Knowledge: Banking & Financial Awareness - Banking terms, Current rates (Bank rate, repo rate, reverse repo rate), RBI, Fiscal-Monetary Policies, Social Functions of Bank; Economic News - Indian and International Economy, Finance, shares, various schemes of Government; Monetary policies, Important guidelines, Financial & Economics News, Economics terms, etc; National and International News, Sports News, Awards, Summits and Conferences, Schemes, Agreement and Deals, etc; Parks, Dam, Thermal Power Plants, Mountains, Temples, Stadiums, Airports, etc.

RBI Assistant Exam 2018 Eligibility

Candidates must ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements before applying for the post.

Age (as on 01 January 2018)

The applicants should be aged between 20 and 28 years. In other words, those who were born on or after 02 January 1990 and on or before 01 February 1998 are eligible to go ahead with the assistant exam. Relaxation in the upper age limit will be provided to candidates belonging to reserved categories. Details are as below –


Relaxation in Age

Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST)

5 years i.e. up to 33 years

Other Backward Classes (OBC)

3 years i.e. up to 31 years

Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

10 years (GEN), 13 years (OBC) & 15 years (SC/ST)


To the extent of service rendered by them in Armed Forces plus an additional period of 3 years subject to a maximum of 50 years.

Candidates domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989

5 years

Candidates having work experience in Reserve Bank of India

To the extent of the number of years of such experience, subject to a maximum of 3 years.

Please note that cumulative age relaxation will not be provided.

Educational Qualification (as on 01 January 2018)

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum 50% marks (pass class for PWD) from a recognised University.
  • Candidates should also have knowledge of word processing on the computer.
  • Those belonging to Ex-servicemen category should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognised University or should have passed matriculation or equivalent examination of Armed Forces with a minimum of 15 years service in defence.
  • Those who are applying for the post in any recruiting office should be proficient (comfortable to write, read, speak, and understand the language) in the state language or languages of states falling under that recruiting office.

RBI Assistant Exam 2018 Application Process

To apply for the RBI Assistance post, the candidates must fill the application form online. The exam is conducted in online mode. At no cost, an applicant can apply via offline mode. Check out the RBI Assistant recruitment details and application process -

  • Exam Name: RBI Assistant Exam (for PwD Applicants)
  • Organised by Reserve Bank of India
  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • Mode of Application: Online
  • Official Website: rbi.org.in
  • Post Vacancies: 27

RBI Assistant Exam 2018 Application Process -

  • Visit www.rbi.org.in
  • Go to the ‘Opportunity’ section
  • Go through the official notification
  • Head on to register online by providing basic details, uploading the scanned copy of signature and photograph
  • Preview before hitting the ‘Submit’ button
  • After the form submission, RBI will send you an email.

Application Fee: ₹ 50/- (Intimation Charge)

Other Details

Q: When and how can I download my call letter?

A: If you have filled the application form for the RBI assistant exam 2018, you will be able to download the same from 17 April to 6 May 2018. Candidates are required to visit the organisation’s website, log in using registration no./roll no. and password/dob. The date of birth format should be dd-mm-yy. Enter the details at the required places and get the call letter right on your screen.

Q: Where do candidates obtain the registration number and password?

A: Candidates can obtain the registration number and password at the time of registration.

Q: What is the total duration of the preliminary exam of RBI Assistant post?

A: For all three sections, Numerical Ability, Reasoning and English Language, candidates will get 60 minutes.

Q: Can a candidate appear for Main without clearing prelims?

A: No, he/she won’t sit in the main exam without qualifying the preliminary exam.

Q: What is the mode of the exam?

A: RBI Assistant Exam will be in online mode.

Q: Will an applicant be able to pay the application fee via offline mode?

A: That is not possible. The payment of application fee can only be accepted through online. Use the credit card, debit or net banking and release the payment.


Shivani - February 15, 2019REPLY

Can final year students apply for this post

Exams Planner - February 25, 2019REPLY

No. Candidates should have completed the bachelor degree for appearing in the exam.

Jyoti sonowal - January 29, 2019REPLY

I am in b.com last year which will end on June ..am I eligible for this exam ..is will get my result on July 2019

Monika thakare - January 12, 2019REPLY

Can final year student apply for the post?